Theater began in ancient Greece with rituals to
worship the god Dionysus. It wasn’t until the ninth century that the
Christian church allowed drama in the form of liturgical plays. Today
theater thrives throughout the civilized world in many forms – from the
familiar plays of the West to the Kabuki drama of Japan.
Our Theater collection presents plenty of American and
British fare, to be sure, but you’ll also taste the culture of other
peoples through works from Eastern and Western Europe, Asia, Africa, and
elsewhere. Each expresses the flavor of both the playwright and his
culture. Consider, for example, the light shed on the influence of
communism when the Iron Curtain was raised and the world could watch the
dramas coming out of Poland, Russia, and Czechoslovakia.